Apple will include ‘Reader apps’ like Netflix, Spotify and signup links

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In a small but notable change, digital media providers with ‘reader’ apps in Apple’s App Store – such as Netflix and Spotify – can now offer links in their iOS apps that allow customers to sign up for and manage accounts at the companies. own websites.

Previously, Apple banned app developers from including links to account login pages. For purchases made within the app itself, Apple will still require developers to use Apple’s in-app payment system – with Apple taking a 30% discount on subscriptions in the first year, and that drops to 15% from the date of purchase. second year. (Netflix and Spotify, among others, do not allow such in-app payments.)

On Wednesday, Apple said it has updated its App Store guidelines to allow reader app developers to request access to its “External Link Account Entitlement.” Allows reader apps – defined as apps that give a user access to previously purchased content or content subscriptions (particularly magazines, newspapers, books, audio, music, and video) – to link to a website “owned or maintained by the developer so users can create or manage their account outside of the app.”

However, there are limitations. For example, app developers may not include “the price of items available on the website” in their iOS apps; according to Apple, an example of “acceptable language” on this front is “Go to to create or manage your account”. Also, developers of reader apps must request permission to use the right of use for external link accounts.

Apple made the change as part of a settlement with the Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC), announced in September 2021. While the agreement has been signed with the JFTC, Apple said it will apply the change globally to all reader apps in the App Store.

Apple’s update comes after Google and Spotify announced an agreement last week that would allow Spotify’s Android app to offer subscribers the ability to pay with Google Play’s in-app payment system or directly with Spotify. Under the Spotify agreement with Google, the music streamer will still pay fees to the internet company regardless of the payment method, but they will be less than the 15% discount that Google usually collects for purchases of Google Play subscriptions.

Separately, also on Wednesday, Apple said that to comply with a recent order from the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM), it is eliminating the requirement that dating app developers in the Netherlands create two separate apps if they want to use a third party. payment system (one to accept payments from third parties and another to accept in-app payments on the App Store). Apple will charge Dutch dating app developers a 27% commission, regardless of which payment mechanism is used.

“As we have indicated before, we do not agree with the original order of the ACM and we are appealing. In the meantime, the changes we made today demonstrate Apple’s continued commitment to meeting its legal obligations in the Netherlands,” the tech giant said in a blog post.

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